On average, managers and administrators spend about five hours per week scheduling. That’s five hours spent finding suitable meeting times, communicating back and forth, and keeping track of who’s available and who’s not. Want those five hours back? Perhaps you can get them back with Doodle. Doodle is an online scheduling tool that makes it easier to coordinate meetings with your employees and clients.
“The traditional substitutes are telephone and email,” said Michael Naef, CEO of Doodle. “But they use so much time and effort to find one common date and time. If you can’t find one, you have to start the process all over again.”
With Doodle, a project manager, for example, can send one meeting request to everyone on the team, offering several different dates and times for the next meeting. Then, everyone who got the request can say which dates and times work for them. From there, the project manager can see which date and time works best for the most people right on one page. No more sorting through emails or making several phone calls to double and triple check meeting options.
“Doodle takes the headaches out of scheduling problems,” said Naef. “It’s as simple and accessible as possible. There’s no need to register or to download anything.”
Besides making scheduling easier, Doodle also syncs with the most popular calendar programs and has a one-on-one called MeetMe. With MeetMe, folks can organize individual meetings instead of group meetings. Doodle can also be used to set up meetings with clients, or across departments and organizations. Doodle has both a free version and a paid version. With the paid version, businesses are provided a personal Doodle URL, which can be customized with a business’ logo and colors and includes up to 1000 users.
“There’s lots of opportunity for businesses to become efficient and proficient,” Naef said. “There’s lots of potential to save time.”
Intrigued? Thinking of those scheduling problems that suck away valuable time? Starting today and through Dec. 2, tell us your biggest scheduling problems for a chance to enter to win a Premium Doodle Business account. The prize is a one-year plan ($159 value) of the Premium account, which offers an ad-free experience, customized branding, and a corporate Doodle URL. If you’re a business that does a lot of customer and client meetings, how great would it be to bring those people to a customized scheduling page with your businesses name and logo on it?
To enter, tell us your biggest scheduling problem that you face in your business by commenting on this article. Each person can enter once per day, up to a maximum of five entries. There will be a total of five winners, so there are five accounts up for grabs. Meaning, there are five chances to win (but, only one account per winner). At the end of the contest, the winners will be announced in a post on Smallbiztechnology.com and via our Twitter account on Dec. 6. The winners will then have three days to claim the prize. If any of the prizes are unclaimed, new winner will be drawn.